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it will reportedly cut $1 billion for local governments and school districts. the governor says he can also save money if the legislature ends collective bargaining for most state workers but democrats left the state to shl a vote. we are now looking at live pictures there. activists are at the ohio state house in columbus today. >> there is no morality for working people lest they have the right and practice that right to bargaining collectively for a fair wage. >> they are protesting senate bill number five which would ban or restrict collective bargaining rights for state workers. a senate vote is possible today. republican governor john kasich says the bill would help ease hoyle's budget deficit. and in washington, the house plans to vote today on a bill to fund the government. if the measure is passed, it
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will avert a government shutdown on friday. at republican insistence, it cuts $4 billion from 2011 spending. [ chanting ] in libya today, rebels say moammar gadhafi's security forces tried and failed to retake a town in the capital of tripoli. [ chanting ] libya's leader insists there are no protests against his rule and he denies aiming his tanks and warplanes at his own people. >> they love me, all my people with me. they love me all. >> but if they do -- >> they will die to protect me, my people. >> shortly after that interview with western journalists at a seaside restaurant in tripoli,
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u.s. diplomats quickly suggested that gadhafi has become unhinged. >> and when he can laugh and talk into american and international journalists while he is slaughtering his own people, it only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality. >> tripoli has an air of normalcy about it, if you can say that. traffic is on the streets. many stores are open again, but one protesters tells cnn that the lull does not mean that the fight to bring down gadhafi is over. >> people have been afraid and have been living under his tyrannical regime for too long. we have reached the point of no return. too much blood has been shed and too many people have been injured for this regime. venezuelan president hugo
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chavez is chiming in on libya. he says that the united states is exaggerating and distorting the situation in libya to justify an invasion. well, there will be dire consequences that could include layoffs. now, that is according to wisconsin governor scott walker. walker plans to release his new state budget today as these protests continue, which brings us to our talk back question with carol costello joining us in atlanta. what do we have? >> things are about to get tense later this afternoon in wisconsin. scott walker has issued an ultimatum or a 24-hour notice to those democratic state senators who fled the state 11 days ago to prevent a vote on the governor's budget repair bill, the bill that guts collective bargaining. >> come home. there are dire consequences. dire consequences i don't think any of us, republican or democrat alike, would like to see happen here in the state of
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wisconsin. >> as in layoffs, lots of them, including public employees and teachers. governor walker says passing the bill would ease the budget crisis and allow time for a $165 million refinancing of the state debt that would avoid layoffs. besides, said walker, democrats already achieved their goal torque slow down the process and get the public's attention even though it shows that the protesters side with the protesters, things are getting ugly. a fox news reporter says he's been harassed and attacked by members of the crowd shouting "fox lies." it is now a protest village complete with first aid centers, scheduled events and child care. the fleeing democrats who called the bill blatantly anti-union say taxpayers aren't on the hook for their expenses but governor walker has visited her districts and sent patrol officers to their homes in an effort to
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pressure their return. what about the extra security people around the state capitol? all of that costs money, taxpayer money. talk back today. is it time for wisconsin democrats to come home and vote? facebook.com/carolcnn, and i'll read your comments later on in the hour. >> i had a chance to talk to one of the senators, democratic senators, a couple of weeks ago, and i had no idea they would still be out of the state today. they believe they are doing the right thing. there are a lot of people questioning their strategy. >> now they have this idea they can talk republicans into changing votes on the budget repair bill but republicans say that's not likely to happen. although they have one possibility but he's talking more of a compromise than actually changing his vote. >> i'm curious to see what people will say. here's what's ahead on the rundown. watching the flames and waiting to see if they get too close. we're going live to florida for
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an update on the wildfires. you know, the dreaded time for that season -- tax . find out how to avoid getting audited. also, what if your water bill went from, say, $40 a month to almost $7,000. kyra phillips investigating the water bill war in atlanta. charlie sheen says he's not an addict. he's high on life. >> let me ask you a question. are you under the influence right now of any substances? >> no, nothing. i'm under the influence of you. >> i'm a dangerous drug.
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some residents in east central florida are packed and ready to go if the flames get any closer. fast-moving wildfires have burned more than 10,000 acres since this time yesterday. much of it in volusia and brevard counties. john zarrella is in the town of mims. you had rain. did it help? >> reporter: yeah. really good news. that rain started at about 7:30 this morning and lasted for a good two hours. it was very heavy at times and really helped the firefighters get a handle on this blaze. they were able to reopen i-95, all of the lanes of that. that's good news. they were able to get out there all night and this morning and
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just to cut those fire breaks around the fire so they can try to keep it contained where it is right now. now, you know, take a look at this, saw zahn, this is the kind of vegetation that's everywhere out there, and it's all dead from the dry conditions this winter here. >> wow. >> reporter: yeah. this is the fuel that is sparking the fires and making it so intense. see the flag there. that's not great news. it's starting to kick up and blow, and the concern is that as the cold front moving through that brought the rain, it's going to change the direction of the winds and maybe that will allow the fire to jump the fire breaks and start to move towards the south a little bit whereas it moved east yesterday. last night, a very dangerous situation, really intense fires. they were battling them all night, trying to get a handle on them. the embers we were told were jumping from the head of the fire a half a mile over the fire
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lines. that's how the wind was blowing last night. so they had difficult conditions last night. the sun is coming out now. it's going to heat up again during the day. they are really racing against time to get a handle on this fire, knock it down as best they can before the afternoon heating takes over and the wins pick up but right now they think they have a good chance of keeping the fire under control. >> john, do we have a sense of whether or not they will have to evacuate during that period, that lull there, while we wait for the next wind to come through? >> reporter: no, not at this point. there was only one school in brevard county that was closed. the roads are reopened. one shelter open over night. just a handful of people there. at this point, no plans for any further evacuations, and it's very likely those that did evacuate will be able to go back home today. we have seen these things in past, and all it takes is the wind to pick up and the grass to
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dry out and you have the problem again. they are really racing to get the fire breaks built as quickly as they can. >> rob, john was saying it's just a matter of time, race against time here, that the winds will pick up and make things a lot worse. >> you know, the winds will pick up a little bit but it's the change in direction that i think they're concerned about because there are neighborhoods to the south, and winds are going to go from southwest to more northwesterlily. here's where the front is. it pretty much moved through titusville and mims, and the winds behind and infront of it are about the same. it's the change in direction that they are worried about. the rain was beneficial. didn't get a ton but it was enough to where they had some goodness coming out of there. speaking of goodness, too much of a good thing across the great lakes. flood warnings posted for a good chunk of real estate from
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northern ohio back to the mid south from the tremendous amount of rain they saw throughout the day yesterday, and good news is we don't anticipate a lot of rain with this. fires possible across texas. over 100,000 acres around the midland area, 50 structures and homes burned to the ground. yesterday they didn't add to that number. that's good news but there you see the damage already done in those areas. pacific northwest, another batch of storms setting up. rain and snow from seattle back through portland. let's look at seattle. shocking. there's cairo. the space needle there. it's raining, temperatures in the mid to upper 30s, probably rain mixed with snow, and winter storm warnings posted for the cascades and avalanche warnings. portland really getting hammered. high wind warnings posted for the coastline. meanwhile, relatively quiet
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across the country. that's nice to say after the last couple of days. it's been very turough. march, calm, sudden. >> i like the sudden. >> let's do the sudden. >> nicely, easily. >> thank you zen. we start with the cleanup happening in the southeast. after a day of terrifying storms, one tennessee man was killed when a tornado hit his home. his daughter and granddaughter crawled out from under the rubble. thousands of people across the region are without power. in the ohio valley, entire nibds are under water. here's something you don't see very often, a plane and car collide. the pilot was trying for an emergency landing on this road in alabama. he landed on top of a car
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instead. the driver and passenger were just slightly hurt. the pilot and his passengers are okay. in metro atlanta, police are looking for some rooftop burglars. they have been able to elude security alarming climbing through air ducts, taking what he can grab and leaving the same way. a contract dispute could lead to a season without football. a lot of folks would be impacted by that. details on what that could mean financially as well for the nfl teams. ordinary windshield wipers off the glass. so, did we build a slower car? or design wipers that could handle anything? what do you think? the cadillac cts-v, the world's fastest production sedan. we don't just make luxury cars, we make cadillacs
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we're checking cnnmoney.com's leading store. lawmakers want to cut funding for agencies that would help in averting another financial meltdown. also, here, we're taking a look at the dow jones, the market the down by 11 points or so. keeping an eye on that. well, it is late in the fourth quarter for contract talks between the nfl and the players. they're up against a friday deadline. if the talks fail and the 2011 season is cancelled, what does that mean for the nfl teams? alison kosic joining us from new york. alison, i know football fans are going to be disappointed. when you take a look at the teams, are they going to be able to take the financial hit? >> i wouldn't worry a thing about the teams.
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standard & poor's, the rating agency looked over the finances and found that some of these nfl teams will do fine even if they don't play a game for two years because a lot of their income is locked in through contracts, and one of the biggest contracts is through tv net works. they will continue to pay these teams because that is the biggest source of revenue for the nfl. it's kind of like a loan for the nfl especially because the nfl would have to give back a lot of this money once the games resume. we see these contractual agreements with seats and club seats well in advance and with ads. advertising is locked in. then you have to remember that a lot of teams have reserve funds set aside in the hundreds of millions of dollars. >> what about attendance? if there is a lockout, will it be tough to get the fans back in the stadiums? >> it will be a process because the viewer interest, the fan interest, it wains if the games
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aren't played. s&p says if you look back at the other lockouts and strikes, attendance went country to from 4% to 11% but that does rebound. a lot of times ticket prices are cut to lure fans back and that usually works to get fans back into the stadium, back watching on tv. >> we know there are a lot of football fans out there. so hopefully this will all work out for the best. thank you. an irs audited almost 11% more returns in 2010 than last year. so how do you avoid audits? good question. how does irs target? also another good question. we'll break it down for you. stephanie elam talks to an expert about all of those red flags. >> how common are audits? >> not that common. about 1% of taxpayers get audited every year. >> who are the types of people who are getting audited, that
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1%? >> generally the very wealthy individuals and those in cash businesses, waitresses, bartenders. a lot of people are self-employed these days and one reason they're a target because they tend to merge their business and personal expenses, take crazy writeoffs. >> for those unlucky people, what are they doing to trigger an audit? >> unreported income, and too many deductions, breaks, writeoffs relative to your income bracket and there are random audits as well. >> for those who get audited what can they expect? >> there are different types. the most common is the correspondence audit. the irs writes to you and you provide the proper documentation. the next type is an office audit, when it is requiring you to go to the nearest irs office and make your case. the worst type of audit would be the field audit, when the guy comes to your house, knock,
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knock, knock, and it's generally happening because you have hundreds if not thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars of discrepancy. >> that's not common? >> not, the most common is the paper audit. you have to have good records. >> what are common mistakes that people make that ends up getting them audited? >> the irs found that when you use a software program and you efile, your return is actually 20 times more accurate than if you mail in your return and done it pen and paper. >> people make math mistakes in transferring data, and they make mistakes with the kids and dependents. >> if off 30-year-old child, you probably can't count them as a dependent. >> don't try to do that. that's an automatic trigger. for more information on everything taxes, go to our website, cnnmoney.com and click on the taxes section.
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now, it is your turn to choose the news. we're going to tell you about three stories. you vote by text messaging the one you want to see in detail. first up, celebrity fashion designer john galliano goes on a racist rant and it's caught on tape. actress natalie portman is outraged. also, do you have a special talent you can share with millions on youtube? the company is now paying for it. six figures and beyond. or our third story, from homeless to magical. how disadvantaged children are gaining self-confidence by learning the tricks of master magicians. vote by texting 22360, vote one for galliano's racist rant, two for youtube millionaires or three for from homeless to magical. the winning story will air in the next hour. well, a city gets bombarded with complaints about sky-high water bills.
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>> for you to expect us to think that 4 million gallons are water is leaking somewhere on our property and not showing up is absolutely mind-blowing. >> some team say their water bills are more, if you can believe this, than their mortgage payments. kyra phillips is investigating. [ male announcer ] twenty-four hour stuck-on food can be a huge project. but not for cascade complete pacs. with 70% more tough food cleaning ingredients, it's cascade's ultimate power tool for day old stuck-on food.
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anti-government demonstrations began two weeks ago. both sides are arming civilians. now, you're looking here at the aftermath of a battle for an airport in misrata, a city now controlled by protesters. now, cnn can't confirm the authenticity of any video posted on social network sites but does find this consistent with news reports on the ground. moammar gadhafi is denying there are protests that are taking place. >> they love me. all of people with me. they love me all. they will die to protect me, my people. want to go live to senior international correspondent nic robertson who is in libya's capital. nic, what areas are key for libya to control? how are the negotiations going with the opposition? >> reporter: well, i spoke a little while ago, a couple hours
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ago to saif gadhafi, who told me the negotiations were in chaos, and i asked what he means, and i was told that the opposition was in chaos, that they're divided, that there's no particular leader or no sort of clear agreement between the different elements and opposition, so the government is not appearing, it seems to be, having a lot of success in negotiations. misrata, the town just on the other side of tripoli, 40 minutes drive to the well and zawiyah, a senior official told me, what happens in misrata and zawiyah are very, very important. why? because they have anti-government forces there in the centers of the city. he says the rebels don't control the whole of the cities themselves. in zawiyah, we saw for ourselves the opposition has the center but not the whole town. in misrata, we are not able to get there.
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he says how the opposition goes in those towns is very important because he said the stalemate that the government is in right now, the standoff, rather, that the government is in with these opposition groups just cannot go on and he said it's important that the negotiations are successful. but it appears as if there's not a lot of progress being made at the moment, suzanne. >> what's the mood there today in tripoli? >> reporter: you know, i would say, for the most part, it's, particularly in the center, sort of relaxed, relaxed but uncertain. tense. it sounds contradictory but there are some people here who support the government and take comfort in the fact that they're not seeing big protests on the streets, that some of the shops are opening, but of course, there are people in other parts of the city who do want to protest against the government but aren't able to because they know they could face either
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arrest or violent put-down. we heard yesterday in the east of the city that some demonstrators were driving through one neighborhood with weapons in a car. we weren't allowed to go in by government officials to see that but those were reports coming from the government. there are tense spots here. >> nic, thank you so much for those developments. we'll get back to you as things development there on the ground. libya's department u.n. ambassador will join us from the united nations. he predicted early on that thousands would be killed. we're going to talk to him about gadhafi's mindset. is he really delusion nall like the international community is saying? and how to end the turmoil? that in the next hour. when your water bill is more than your mortgage, if you can believe that, that is a big problem, and that is the situation that is facing thousands of people in one city. our cnn's kyra phillips is here with her investigation. kyra, so nice to see you.
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water bill wars, i just moved to atlanta, what are we dealing with? >> watch your bill closely because atlanta already has the highest water rates of any major city in the united states and residents are outraged and they're confused about why they're paying hundreds, even thousands of dollars each month for water. >> we are mad. >> reporter: atlanta residents clearly have had enough. >> for you to expect us to think that 4 million gallons of water is leaking somewhere on our property and not showing up is absolutely mind-blowing. >> we were taking a shower every day. now we're skipping sometimes because we're trying to save the water. >> reporter: for more than three years, atlanta, a city of more than a half million residents, has been bombarded with complaints of outrageous water bills. similar complaints are popping up around the country in places like cleveland, charlotte, tampa and brockton, massachusetts.
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but the water bill war is nothing like in atlanta. just ask wilda cobb. >> i feel like i'm going crazy. >> reporter: she lives by herself in this 1,800 square foot home. her water bill of a vachs $30 to $40 a month until it began going up, nearly $1,200 in november. her december bill, nearly 6, $900. cobb now owes more than $10,000, and city inspectors found no leaks. >> for me to have to take the time to do this. >> reporter: then there's debbie scarborough. her water bill shot up more than $3,000 after two months of huge spikes last summer. >> this is another bill, another month. >> reporter: she even hired two plumbers to prove there was no leak. five years ago, the city hired a
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company to replace its aging water meters with automatic meter reading devices. all city workers have to do is drive by and electronically collect the data, but it hasn't gone as smoothly as it looks. as early as 2007, problems arose when city auditors found they were unable to verify electronic reads for 13% of the meters that were tested. then in 2009, another audit found a high number of accounts that don't get actual meter readings because of meter read errors, equipment failures or human errors. >> a significant amount of frustration on everybody's part. >> reporter: peter amman is the chief operating officer for the city of atlanta. >> when these automated meters were put in, obviously the subcontractors to the city that did this work did it just absolutely horrible job in a number of cases.
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>> baloney. >> reporter: and residents are getting more and more angry. amman tells us 1% of the meters sampled were not properly installed, a mistake that could cause a water bill to double. >> at this point, it looks like good old fashioned incompetence. >> reporter: he showed us how the meters register, which measures how much water is being used didn't even fit properly with the meter base. >> these two component the don't match and they are labeled. this one says three-quarters and a one. >> reporter: you wouldn't get an accurate reading? >> what would be an inaccurate reading. >> reporter: we tried to interview executives of neptune technologies, which manufactured the meters and systems and software, which provided the billing system, but they refused to comment. amman says there is no evidence those companies are at fault but he says the company that
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installed the meter should be held accountable. that company is khafra, based in atlanta, which teamed up with another firm in pennsylvania to carry out the $40 million installation contract. val lien te-- valentino bates i the president. >> for the three years that we worked on the contract, we satisfied all concerns with respect to that contract. >> reporter: you think a success. contract includes 1% of the meters not operating properly? >> and those 1% were fixed prior to our leaving and turning over the warranty to the city. >> reporter: so you are saying right now all of your meters are installed properly? >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: bates said repairs were completed last year on 968 meters that had a mismatched base and said he was not aware of additional meter issues
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identified by the city. >> if they were installed incorrectly by the contractor -- >> reporter: but with showed him what amman said about the newly discovered improper installations. he's saying that is still a problem and causing a number of the bills to double. >> i can't speak to what it is, but all of the ones that we were notified of when we did our own internal audit, and the audit that was done by the city, we took care of those problems. >> reporter: but residents say there is more to the problem. our water bill would be enough for a large olympic pool to be filled. i'm at my wit's end and ready to have a nervous breakdown. this smells like a scam. do the majority of the people that have complained about high water bills, do they have leaks? >> the majority of the people who complain about high water bills have some issue that's not associated with the meter. many, many of them have either leaks or increases in usage through irrigation or
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pool-filling that they didn't fully understand the impact of. >> reporter: but don't tell that to debbie scarborough or wilda cobb. >> my meter is working fine, and no leaks. >> reporter: while its still unclear what is prong wrong, the city is monitoring water usage at her home. as for wilda cobb, the city says something must have happened in a one-month period for her bills to shoot up so dramatically and go back down to just $34. >> i literally just -- this can't be real. >> reporter: cobb knows something about water issues. ironically, she's an attorney with the environmental protection agency. >> as a person, i know something's wrong here. as an attorney, i just -- what can i do about it? but i don't think it takes a law degree to say, you know, $7,000 for a month's use of water by
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one person is in a small home is just crazy. >> kyra, that's an unbelievable story. where do things stand now? >> well, class action lawsuits is where it stands, filed by residents and commercial properties filed against the city and the contractors over these high water bills and so far there's been no resolution. the previous management team at watershed management is out, and the new administration says its making progress on the water bill problem. in fact, last year, close to a half million dollars was refunded to residents who appealed their bills. here's the interesting twist, the city of atlanta, its own water bill has nearly doubled in the past two years. $12 million. that's their water bill. no evidence of leaks and no evidence of broken meters. >> wow. an excellent investigation. thank you, kyra. >> you bet. >> good seeing you given. to learn more about atlanta's water bill fight, go to cnn.com
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and see the cost of water in cities across the country. find tips to lower your bill. go to cnn.com for all of the details. and a reminder about your chance to choose the news. you vote by texting 22360. vote one for galliano's racist rant. why a celebrity designer for christian dior is being fired. vote two for youtube millionaires, how thousands are making a living posting videos to youtube. or, three, to from homeless to magical, children building self-esteem by learning a sleight turn of hand. but with zyrtec® liquid gels, i get fast, 24-hour allergy relief. so i feel better by the time we tee off. zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®.
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we brought you an in-depth look at what may have led former chicago bear david duerson to kill himself last month. he was part of the fabled 1985 super bowl team and later a successful businessman and radio host. well, he shot himself in the chest because he said in text messages that he wanted his brain to be studied for signs of damage from hits that he took on the football field. now the nfl is introducing a new test to evaluate whether a player has been hit too whatrd to return to the game. dr. sanjay gupta has the details. >> first of all, it's important
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to point out that there have been various sort of sideline tests in the past, but this is something that people are excited about because in part it is going to be probably the first attempt to do things consistently. there may be one exam by one team or a different at another place. how do you make it nor consistent? that was one of the problems the league was challenged with and i spoke to the advisory skmitty about the issue. there are 32 teams and the sideline test that will take six to eight minutes will focus on the cognitive exam, the neurological exam and the balance exam. think about that. there's going to be questions a person is going to have to answer, a fiscal hands-on part of the exam and a neurological exam, seeing what someone's neurological function is, to put those things in combination, and within about six to eight minutes, they say people will be able to give an idea as to whether or not someone has had a
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concussion and whether or not they can return to the game. i will tell you this, it is by no means a perfect science. even as it becomes more standardized and consistent, it will be a judgment call. they have have to err on one side of the other, and advising them to err on the side of caution. i want to point out that we just got this relatively new information. this is not a mandatory thing. as much as the culture has changed in nfl, listen to what a statement says from them. the new protocol is not mnder to. it requires the clinical judgment of a team physician who knows his or her players and knows when something is wrong. those guidelines are designed to provide more consistency across the nfl teams. this will be a point of contention because no matter ho little tolerance there is for concussions and someone returnening to the game with a con suggestion and how much the commissioner has spoken about it, if it's not mandatory and
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people want to get back in the game and a play through it mentality there is a question mark about how much of an impact it will make. six to eight minutes, look for it incidentally this fall when you watch football games and you see players going to the sideline and getting that test. back to you. well, taking sides and actually new news that we want to go to, possibly white house candidate in our political update, that after this break. i do remember sitting down with my boys, and i'm like, "oh, promise mommy you'll never ever pick up a cigarette." i had to quit. ♪ my doctor gave me a prescription for chantix, a medication i could take and still smoke, while it built up in my system. [ male announcer ] chantix is a non-nicotine pill proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix.
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well, a possible republican candidate for president announcing that he's going to take that first step. our peter hanby, part of the best political team on television, live from the tlol desk in washington. peter, tell us what you know. what's crossing? >> former house speak are newt gingrich, a republican tells cnn he will announce an exploratory committee to look at running for the republican nomination in 2012. he will make that announcement on thursday. that makes him probably the first serious republican contenders to test the waters officially in the presidential race. as we know, radio host herman cane has formed an exploratory committee. this is big news. we have known he is looking seriously at the race, and quite frankly he's been testing the waters traveling around the
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country, going to iowa, south carolina, florida, to the key states to raise money and meet with activists. this is big news. he is certain to occupy a lot of the oxygen in the room later on this week because we have been so luhungry for a candidate to p their toe in the water. >> so many of the republicans are on the sidelines, and people are waiting for them to announce something officially. i guess the thinking there in washington is they're waiting to see what sarah palin does. what do you make of this, now that newt gingrich has moved forward. >> there is some of that, a kabooki dance going on. sarah palin obviously carries a lot of weight among republican grass roots activists. it's starting so late because last time it started too early. people jumped in early. rudy giuliani was the front-runner. it's extremely costly. why would you jump in early,
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burn through your donor's money just to fade out later? so i think we'll start to see some more announcements. i think april and may will be a hot spot in the presidential race. >> peter, thank you for the breaking news. we will turn back to you for any other candidates who might make some announcements. thanks. for the latest political news, you know where to go, cnnpolitics.com. of course, don't forget to choose the news. vote by texting 22360 for the story to see in detail. here are the choices. a fashion designer's racest rant caught on tape. why natalie portman is outraged. second, how can you make a million without living your living room? it is a new program, a youtube program. or the third choice, homeless to magical. how disadvantaged children are gaining self-confidence by learning the tricks of master
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governor scott walker plans to release his new state budget today even as protests enter a third week. here's your chance to talk about about that. carol, you must be flooded with people weighing in on this thing. >> we have been, actually. do or die time for wisconsin. the governor says he's going to release his budget with these cuts because the democrats won't come back and those draconian cuts may lead to layoffs. the tough act today, is it time for wisconsin democrats to come home and vote? this from kim -- she says no, they have a responsibility for their constituents. this from michael -- this from chad --
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this from jujana -- facebook.com/carolcnn and the conversation will continue. >> you wonder how long they're going to stay away. you just wonder. is there a cut off point? is there a deadline? are they paying attention to what people are saying? >> they're paying attention to national polls. there's a new one that came out today and it said that most people are in favor of the unions. and you have to remember that the democrats who were staying away in wisconsin get a lot of campaign money from unions, so makes sense. a whole bunch of things at work here. >> little politics going on. >> a lot. >> thanks. charlie sheen, he says he's clean and sober, and even pulls out a drug test to prove it. [ m] america's beverage companies are working together
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vintage boulderdash. >> what would you call yourself? >> what's another word? >> do you think it's simply a case of you like to party? is it as simple as that? >> as long as i subscribe to the beliefs of others that build these models that don't leave room for individuality or creativity, they say you've got to surrender and get rid of your resentmen resentments, got to sit around and be all lame, you know. i can't find a label other than just alive. i'm on a drug, it's called charlie sheen. >> but you took a drug test to prove that you are currently drug free. >> the results -- >> you have the results on you? >> well yeah, these days, have to carry this stuff with you. >> when was this taken? >> when was it taken? yesterday. the day before. yeah. >> assuming this is accurate,
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which i believe it is, this is completely clean. when was the last time you took a drug? >> i don't know because i'm not being you know held hostage by aa more, i don't count my days because it puts such a premium on them because you go, oh, god, don't lose your days. where did my days go? >> what about your fellow member? >> no one has issued a statement. make phone call, ignore that. i'm out here doing this for all of us, guys, not trying to embarrass you or ruin your jobs. >> do they feel that? >> i don't know, i'd be speaking for them, but it would be nice if there was some measure of support from anybody at this point. that's all right. every great movement begins with one man and i guess that's me. >> tonight, massachusetts senator scott brown. now, he talks about his new memoir, which reveals a
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childhood of abuse. that is at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com want to get you up to speed. libyan protesters say they stood up to gadhafi's fighters today. that's just 30 mile frs the capital of tripoli. the regime tried to retake the town, but rebels say they failed. the opposition holds a number of towns across libya's coast, but they haven't made head way in tripoli. secretary of state hillary clinton told the house foreign affairs committee today that libya basically faces two choices. it can become a peaceful democracy or endure a protracted civil war. >> we have joined the libyan people in demanding that gadhafi must go now without further violence or delay and we are working to translate the world's outrage into action and results.
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>> iranian hit the streets today to demand freedom for these two jailed opposition figures. an opposition website says that police immediately stepped in to break up the crowd with clubs and tear gas. both leaders were candidates in iran's disputed presidential election in 2009. government supporters and opponents staged separate and so far, peaceful rallies, in yemen today. the president is offering his opponents a role in a unity government. they said no thanks. they want him out of power. and florida reopens interstate 95 along its central east coast today. they had shut down an 18-mile stretch because of a 10,000 acre wildfire. want to bring in chad myers.
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good to see you. rain, rain, how important is the rain? >> you know, we talk about it. wouldn't rain be great r for these things? well, it finally happened. right there. rain went right over the fire about two hours ago and helped the firefighters. like someone just asked for it and it appeared. so great news. the fires are knocked down. we don't see the smoke on radar like we did yesterday. the smoke was so thick yesterday, we could see the smoke on a doppler radar. it thought it was raining. no, that was choking smoke for those people driving or living there. better today. >> thank you so much. good news. we like good news. wisconsin's scott walker unveiled a new budget today. it will reportedly cut $1 billion from local governments and school districts. he said he could save money if the legislation ends collective bargaining for state workers.
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the democrats left the state to stall a vote. activists at the ohio state house in columbus today. you're looking at a live look at the scene right now. they are protesting senate bill number 5. that would restrict collective bargaining rights for state workers. now, senate votes, if possible, today. republican governor john casic says that the bill would help ease ohio's budget deficit. and this in arizona. opening statements at the manslaughter trail of james arthur ray. three people died during a sweat lodge retreat in 2009. prosecutors say ray allowed this building to become dangerously hot. defense attorneys say participants knew the risks. happening this hour, the libyan embassy in washington is taking down its current national flag, the green one, and replacing it with the one that flew before moammar gadhafi took
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power in 1969. it is simply the latest sign of gadhafi's own diplomats turning against him, but gadhafi insists he's not going to leave. >> they love me all. >> if they do love you -- if they say they love you, why are they capturing benghazi? >> look, my people, to guide them. guide. i guide, yes. >> libya's deputy u.n. ambassador joins us live from the united nations. thank you so much for joining us here. you heard gadhafi's remarks. you know this man. you've worked closely with him. do you think he is close to the breaking point? >> excuse me, i didn't -- could
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you repeat that question, please? >> certainly. we heard a clip from moammar gadhafi saying that people love him. you've worked with this man. do you think he's close to the breaking point? >> i think this man -- i don't believe that even -- i think no one loves him at all. the whole libyan people hate him now. i think with all the -- he's doing now, own the bloodshed, the killing. i don't know how he thinks, this man. he's out of his mind. >> you say he's out of his mind. a man who you believe is out of his mind, what do you think he's going to do now that there is turmoil in his country and he is hunkered down? >> i hope he will listen to reason. he will listen to the
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international community and people asking him to put that -- i think -- i think he has to -- he has to put his own behavior. it doesn't save his life, so it is very important for him and his family to step down immediately. >> talk about the international community. i want you to take a listen real quick here because this is the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan wright, who had this to say about her take on the libyan leader and what is taking place right now. >> it sounds frankly delusional. and when he can laugh in talking to american, an international journalist while slaughtering his on people, it only underscores how unfit he is to
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lead. and how disconnected he is from reality. >> do you agree? do you think that he believes what he says? does he believe what he is seeing? or do you think he is out of touch with reality? >> i think what -- secretary clinton said is right. i think he's out of reality. that's right. >> and real quick if we can wrap here, what is the alternative now? what do you do? can you support some kind of alternative caretaker government, somebody to get in there and take his place? >> well, the libyan people is doing its best to get rid of him. we know it is a matter of time, but the libyan people need the
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international community to accomplish the goal. any action, what are the demands of the libyan people. certainly, he has the military supremacy over the people and using it to terrorism people and killing them and certainly he's using heavy artillery and tanks against the people. so i think any action by the international community to deprive him of his diplomacy will be appreciated. >> thank you so much for your time. there will be dire consequences -- that could include layoffs. that is korkt wisconsin governor scott walker. he plans to release his new state budget today as the protests around him continue. which brings us to our talkback
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question. i know you've been hearing from a lot of folks here about you know, everybody's paying attention to what's happening in wisconsin because it could be anywhere. >> it's fascinating. >> it could turn into a sad situation. if democrats who fled the state are not back by 5:00, he will release his budget with heavy duty cuts. >> if they do not come home, there are dire consequences. dire consequences i don't think any of us, republican or democratic alike, would like to see happen here in the state of wisconsin. >> as in layoffs and lots of them. including public employees and teachers. he says passing the bill is the only way ease the budget crisis and allow time for a $165 million refinancing of the state debt, a step that would avoid layoffs. he says democrats have achieved
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their goal, slow down the process, grab the public attention and some say their continued absence is making things very tense in madison. a fox news reporter says he's been harassed and attacked by members of the crowd shouting fox live. the state house is now serving as protest village. the fleeing democrats have called the bill antiunion, say taxpayers are not on the book for their expenses, but governor walker has visited their districts. he's sent patrol offer officers to their homes and what about the extra security around the capital? that's costs money. is it time for wisconsin's democrats to come home and vote? facebook.com/carolcnn. i will read your comments later this hour. >> i talked to one of those state senators before and it
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just sounds like they're pretty much set on staying out for a while. they said they could stay out for as long as a month or two. who knows? but at some point, it's got to get pretty expensive for them because republicans are holding up their paychecks now, so they have to go home to get their checks. >> they've got to be able to afford a month or two without paying. >> thank you. here's a look at what's ahead. tornados, flooding, firing sparked by lightening. an update in the clean-up after the storm. and the u.s. moved navy ships closer to libya. a look at the balancing act facing the obama administration. and you're paying a lot more for gas. we all feel it. also, no cash in your pocket, no problem. technology can turn your cell phone into a virtual wallet. and your turn to choose the
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safely. taking you farther to the north into kentucky, we watched this storm in tennessee. the storms just rolled through, tornado tornados flattened things. homes. that was a house. one man was killed in that house. the daughter and granddaughter survived, pulled out of the rubble as the wind rolled over. there was a tornado warning for this one as it rolled on by. then ohio, kentucky, tennessee, arkansas, basically all, but this is a picture out of ohio. there is water, water, everywhere. inches of flood water running downhill, then went back up. many places, there was snow on the ground, so it melted then it was more water and the water came up. that's what it looked like in ohio. >> thank god that 24 hours is over. >> you can kind of focus on that map right there. every county on that map has a flood, creek, stream or river or
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something. must be 200 counties with somebody getting flooded. >> we wish them very well and hope the day gets better. >> over for now. >> thanks, chad. u.s. warships moving now closer to libya. a live report from the pentagon. with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. if you live for performance, upgrade to castrol edge advanced synthetic oil. it outperforms in the world's toughest industry tests. castrol edge. it's more than just oil. it's liquid engineering.
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the unrest in libya enters week three. the violence is escalating and now, the u.s. is moving navy
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ships closer to this divided nation. want to go live to our pentagon correspondent. the u.s. military now considering some options. what do we know? >> well, we've now learned today that a second us navy destroyer as now entered the mediterranean sea. now, it has two in the mediterranean sea. as well as a command ship in a port in italy. if you look toward the suez canal, two more ships have been moving closer. one is the uss enterprise. what this is doing is giving the military options. anything from using the military to disrupt colonel gadhafi's communications, prevent him from broadcasting in libya to humanitarian relief and even imposing a no fly zone. the cure sarge in addition to
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being able to land marines, is sort of a floating hospital bay. it's got six operating rooms, the ability to care for up to 600 patients. >> what about this no fly zone? is it possible? can they do that? >> admiral -- other officials say it does not come without risks. take a look at what the head of u.s. central command said on capitol hill just a couple of hours ago. >> my military opinion is sure it would be challenging, he would have to remove the air defense capability. in order to establish the no fly zones, so it -- no allusioillust
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wouldn't be simply telling people not to fly airplanes. >> you're talking about attacking libya's air defense missiles on the ground. again, a no fly zone is no cure all. if you look at what the u.s. did in iraq, the no fly zones that were imposed over northern iraq worked in part because the curdish militcurd i militias controlled the situation on the ground. in southern iraq, did not prevent saddam hussein from attacking large numbers of shiites because the u.s. did not have that large control over the ground in libya. so there's no illusion that no fly zone will cure all the problems there. >> thank you very much. i want to bring in our michael holmes who's here taking a look at the obama administration, the difficult position they're in as this bloody uprising continues to unfold. it's our topic today with "globe trekking." critics say the obama
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administration has not been strong enough in its response, but now, you've got u.s. ships in the mediterranean. is that enough to shake gadhafi? >> we've heard a lot of tough talk from hillary clinton, but i think it is going to take more than words to oust a man like moammar gadhafi. there's no point at this point, no telling whether the threat of action is going to be enough to change the situation on the ground. taking action is a big step though. as we heard yesterday, this guy said there hadn't been any demonstrations in tripoli. everybody loves him. that's his words. this is day 15 of an uprising that has cost thousands of lives. people say it's about time something was done. >> we know that the president event eventually soon, is going to make a major statement at the middle east and what's taking place there. we also suspect this is going to be kind of a berlin wall moment
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for president obama. >> no. i don't think so. in my ways, it's being forged partly by the u.s.'s on foreign policy. this complex set of social and political factors across the region. first off, the u.s. doesn't want to be seen as some sort of force wandering into libya when opposition forces seem to want to do this themselves. especially if the u.s. acted unilaterally and i don't think they would. you look at iraq, afghanistan and in terms of military action as well, look at somalia in the early '80s. it's far more likely they would let nato take more lead on action, most ports go to europe. we know there's no guarantee that any democracy that could blossom in the arab world is the only one that shares u.s. interests. in fact, quite unlikely it's
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going to be the same sort of middle east we've seen. again, iraq, afghanistan examples of where dock any has not gone idealy where the u.s. wanted, but the main interests of the united states and the region counterterrorism efforts, watching over israel, protecting the oil supply and containing iran. >> that doesn't seem to have changed, covering the bush and clinton administrations, those were their priors as well. >> and as awful as the role of arab dictators and autocrats that one we could generally count on their stability. that was always the aim of the foreign policy to carry stability in that part of the world. right now, nothing's certain to play out the west hopes it will. the question of whether the new look arab world would be as willing to oppose proliferation as one. their feelings about israel, about fighting the terrorist. all that hangs in the balance. there was an interesting poll by
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here's a look at what's ahead on the rundown. you're paying a lot more for gas, but we're going to break down where all that money is going. also, no cash in your pocket? no problem. technology now can turn your cell phone into a virtual wallet. and your turn to choose the news. we're going to recap the stories you get to pick from. we don't have to tell you, gas prices going up and up and up, you might call as a sign of the times. more than $4 a gallon for premium unledded at a gas station in l.a. and the pain of the pump goes far beyond at the gas station. our stephanie elam is joining us to talk about the rising gas prices. 50 bucks to fill my tank now. is it getting worse? where does it end? >> i'm right there in that pool with you. when you look at the gas prices over the last seven days and
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they've been on the rise, so the national average is at $3.37 a gallon. people are thinking back to 2008 where we saw those $4 and more for the average. places like california and hawaii, they're always more expensive. we're used to that in l.a., but not for the rest of the country. if you look at how much we're spending, it really does matter. one tells us that when you see just a 25 cent increase for a gallon of gas, then americans are spending $3 billion filling up and that really does make a huge difference for a lot of americans. if you have a mom and pop shop and you're selling fruits and vegetables there, you're finally just getting your consumers coming back. you don't want to pass on that increase to them because you want to keep them coming. but then that means maybe you're not hiring a stock person which factors into spending habits.
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they don't have a job and if that happens, that can slow down the economic recovery. then on top of this, it's not just at the pump. you know, for all things like getting our food, for the fact that how -- maybe you have a big plant and you need to heat it and you need oil to do that. as to truck the fruit from where its grown then get it to the restaurant. obviously, air fare, we know that's an easy one. they have these little rises in prices and they meet each other on them and the air fare goes up. these are all reasons we care about it. it's not just at the pump. it's in a lot of different ways. because of oil. >> where is that money going? >> we're seeing this rise because and americans get this. we know what's going on in northern africa and the middle east. even though these aren't major oil producing countries, but because there's been a bit of a
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disruption on getting oil from that region of the world to other places, that's why we're seeing the rise. it's taking more to get the oil from there to where it needs to be. we're getting close to $100 a barrel for oil. if that happens, that could send another little trigger of fear and whether or not there will be a supply disruption. it's about getting the oil from where it is to where it needs to be. >> thanks. want to bring in carla to break down each dollar out of your gasoline bill. what are the station making out of this? >> actually just pennies on each gallon. not very much at all. that's where we feel the pain when we have to pay for it. if you look at that chart here, you're going to see that opec, they determine the biggest factor in how much gas costs. 68 cents of every dollar you spend goes to crude oil.
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not just talking about federal taxes, state and local taxes, 14 cents out of every dollar on average and because those taxes vary, states make money off this. local governments to. refining, 10 cents. that sort of thing. and getting it from the refinery to your local gas station. if you add that up, you'll see 100 cents out of the dollar is spent underscoring the fact these filling stations are not making huge amounts of money. >> besides opec, what other factors? >> there are seasonal factors. summer, kids are out. people drive more. take vacations. that has something to do with it. also, geography. in general, the further away you live from a refinery, the more you're going to pay for your gas. competition. you have three gas stations on a corner. if one lowers its prices, the others might try to compete. and then the market on the law. these stations, they still want
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to make profit, but they cannot legally price gouge. they have to also take into account what the market will allow. you see opec getting lion's share of the money at the filling stations even though a lot of times we might be tended to take out our frustrations there. they're only making a tiny bit. >> a lot of times, you think, these guys, but they have nothing to do with it. >> very little to do with it. >> all right. thank you so much. a reminder about your chance to choose the news. vote by texting. one for galliano's racest rant. why a celebrity designer for christian dior is being fired. vote two for youtube millionaires. how thousands are making a living posting videos on youtube. or three from homeless to magical. children building self-esteem by learning magic tricks. ♪
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she was often referred to as a full figured actress. jane russell, the 1950s actress, has died. she was 89 years old. the family says he caught a bad cold and died from a respiratory disease. she's probably best known for
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star i starring with marilyn monroe in "gentlemen prefer blonds." critics gave her high marks for her acting and singing. ♪ world war ii pin-up girl. throughout her career, she was a staunch conservative, who said she considered democrats in hollywood, crazy. a major star is taken into custody. we're learning more about moammar gadhafi's hollywood ties as well. brooke anderson giving us the lowdown on all the entertainment headlines. christina aguilar. >> she was arrested this morning for being too drunk to take care
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of herself. an l.a. sheriff's conference just wrapped up and they are saying despite the arrest, there are no plans to prosecute. here's what happened. an officer pulled her over and her boyfriend at 2:45 this morning. suspicion of dui. rutlehr was behind the wheel and arrested. the deputies decided that she was too intoxicated to care for her safety so she was taken into custody. we just learned she was released and picked up by a friend around 7:30 this morning. the police say that while she was incapacitated, she was very cooperative. >> we're also learning new things here. libya, everyone's watching what is happening, but there seems to be a connection, a hollywood connection to the gadhafis. can you tell us about that?
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>> that's right, he and his family have been pretty extravagant over the years and have paid a lot of money to have high pro file celebrities perform for them. nellie furtado so far is the only star so far to admit she performed for the clan. she tweeted that she received a million dollars for a 45 movie minute show in italy and now says she will donate the money. but others have been tied to the family and for now, they are not commenting on the reports. this is actually not a new story. beyonce got a lot of attention for reportedly getting $2 million for a new year's concert in st. barts put on by one of gadhafi's sons in 2009. she responded at the time by saying quote, past performances have included enrique i lace and
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mariah carey. it's a lot of money, but at what cost to their public image? >> and so far, it's just nellie furtado who said she's giving the money away. you can always get your entertainment news update on "showbiz tonight" with brooke anderson and a.j. hammer. and you can put away your wallets because we're going to tell you about the virtual wallet. and tax season means it's time to start talking about tax deductions, so here's the question. which of these expenses was allowed on last year's return? organic food, dancing lessons, dentures or artificial sweeteners. the answer when we come back. o about the meeting? uh-huh. this is the meeting. we are the company. don't sweat it. i just switched us to sprint, so e-mail, web...on 4g... it's all unlimited. [ cellphone buzzes ] you just texted me to read the memo?
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>> we're at starbucks talking about something very important to people. might be thinking we're talking about coffee. no, we're actually talking about money. starbucks has done something to where you can now pay for your products using your blackberry or iphone. they've created a digitized version of this. their gift card. here it is right here on your phone, so when you get up to the counter and pay, just take your phone and see the bar code right here? swipe it and boom, you've paid for your coffee. now, the mobile payments industry is on fire right now. comes from a company called square. this little white device may be the greatest thing ever for lemonade stands, school bake sales and push carts. all cash businesses. but now, with a smart phone or tablet and this thing that goes into headphone jack, they can now take plastic. suddenly, anyone is capable of accepting a credit card.
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it comes from a start-up named square. jack dorisy is a ceo. who's the primary user? the core customer? >> it's really any small business in the united states. you can imagine you know, hairdressers. tax accountants. small business owners. you know, any sort of professional service like a piano teacher or golf instructor. >> it makes money by getting a cut of the transaction. >> we take a fee of 2.75% and pay the banks and credit card companies out of that, so the user just pays that amount. >> setting up requires you download the free square app. you'll have to input info including your banking account number. brandon has a small cupcake store in san francisco. he said square solved when he
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sees as a major hassle of setting up pricey equipment. >> the ipad is basically our register, so that's our point of sale system. we flip the screen over, they sign with their fingernail. >> it's hard to get started to accepting credit card payments. you need to go to the bank, get a merchant account. we send you a reader and you can start accepting payments. >> here's another innovative way to give someone some money. papal has an application where you can literally bump money to someone's phone. take your phones, boom, bump them together, that person's going to get some money. it's getting to the point now where you don't even need your wallet. >> thanks. you are sounding off on our talkback question today. is it time for wisconsin democrats to come home and vote? jim says they should not go home until walker concedes.
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christian dior's celebrity designer john galliano is being fired after spewing hateful remarks at a paris bar. >> reporter: he is one of high
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fashions golden boys. british designer, john galliano. he's been called a genius. he's been called an inspiration. but now, some are calling him a vile racist. the head of french label christian dior, galliano was arrested last week for allegedly hurling racist and antismetic insults at a couple dining in paris. and if it seemed things get worse for galliano, monday, they did. britain's "sun" newspaper obtained a video at the same cafe in october. >> people like you would be -- in the tiny world of high
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fashion, allegations of galliano's racist insult spread like wildfire and at sunday's oscar ceremony, natalie portman, the celebrity face of the purr fume, was asked about the controversy. >> what are your thoughts on john galliano's suspension? >> but her people didn't let her touch the couture hot potato. >> okay. >> john galliano's lawyers say they will fight charges of insult and defamation, but for the dior brand, this is damaging and the parent company acted quickly. >> i don't think they could afford to wait until six months down the road to see the facts that came out. especially with the bloggers and tweeters and the